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SilverStone Raven RV04 Computer Case Review

Author:HardOCP News

Editor:Kyle Bennett

Date: Wednesday, September 04, 2013

The SilverStone Raven series of computer cases have been favorites around the HardOCP offices for years. This new Raven RV04 has a somewhat different spin, literally. Long gone is the 90 degree rotation on the mainboard which brings the Raven back into the realm of "normal" cases. SilverStone is preaching an even better thermal profile.

Introduction

The SilverStone Technology name is synonymous with high quality power supplies and innovative computer cases. Founded in 2003, the company offers a complete line of power supplies, coolers, fans, computer cases, and accessories. As most of you know, we have spent a great deal of time with the company's products, mainly its world class power supplies, heatsinks and computer cases. The subject of today's evaluation is the Raven RV04, the newest member of the Raven series. We have a few SilverStone Raven cases running in the editors’ offices of HardOCP with the Raven 2 still being one of our favorites.

SilverStone's website had this to say about the design of the Raven RV04:

Since its debut in 2008, the RAVEN series has been synonymous with excellent cooling and unconventional designs. For the RAVEN RV04, the engineers were tasked with the goal of producing a design that utilizes a more traditional layout to match the performance of its 90 degree motherboard mounted predecessors. Inspiration was drawn from the highly successful Temjin TJ08-E, a Micro-ATX case with compact dimensions and best in class cooling performance, so the motherboard and the fans in the RV04 are mounted in similar fashion to obtain equally impressive performance in ATX form factor while allowing for excellent cable management.

Although smaller in volume compared to the benchmark RAVEN RV02 and with one less intake fan, the RV04 can actually accommodate more drives and still achieve the same level of cooling performance. This feat is the result of years of R&D on chassis thermal performance, fan design, and filters which contributed to RV04’s unrestricted airflow design and the development of HiFlow fan filters. Other nifty features such as CPU and graphic card supporter, removable motherboard tray, and externally accessible fan filter assembly are also included to facilitate assembly and maintenance. The exterior of RV04 utilizes the latest SilverStone design language with a one-piece like outer shell that creates a powerful presence on any desktop setting. Small details also adorn the exterior such as feather-like top elements that act as independent airflow channel for the PSU. For a chassis that started out with a front-to-back airflow design, the RAVEN RV04 has truly redefined tradition.

As you can see from the description above, SilverStone claims that the Raven RV04 takes the best elements from many of SilverStone's other cases and puts them together in a single chassis and the results are what you see here today.


Product Packaging

The Raven RV04 was shipped in its bare product packaging. The box itself is made of double-walled corrugated cardboard with dual staple construction along the seams. The overall measurements are 23.5"H x 26"L x 12.5"W.

The front of the package prominently features the company logo, product image, and a QR code. A list of specifications and features can be found on the sides of the package. The back of the packaging has a detailed numbered list of features that coincides with an open view of the RV04 chassis. Inside, the case is wrapped in a soft fabric bag and held in place by thick foam inserts.